In Texas, a 23-year-old father did what many parents want to do when they find out that a pedophile has assaulted or molested a child: he beat the man to death with his bare hands.
Apparently, what happened was that the young father heard the screams of his daughter as the molester, a man hired to help work the ranch, tried to carry the young girl off to a secluded spot on the family’s ranch.
Hearing her screams and not hesitating to take action, the father rushed to her rescue, ripped the molester off of his daughter, and then proceeded to inflict “several blows to the man’s head and neck area.”
The father then made a 911 call, telling police that he had beat the man, who was dying, and didn’t know what to do, saying:
“I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I don’t know what to do.”
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do.”
A surprising amount of worry, some might say, over the fate of the man he caught raping a five year old, much less his own five year old daughter.
Regardless, an emergency crew eventually showed up, but by then it was too late and the attempted rapist was dead.
According to YikesToday, “The emergency crew found Flores’ pants and underwear pulled down on his lifeless body by the time they responded to the emergency call. The 5-year-old victim was then taken to the hospital. Forensic evidence and witness testimonies corroborated the father’s story.”
Well, fortunately, the young father won’t be charged for beating his daughter’s attempted rapist to death.
Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn, speaking on the case, noted that under Texas law deadly force is both “authorized and justified” in order to stop a sexual assault and that “The five-year-old victim had sustained some physical injuries that were… consistent with all of the witness statements.”
So, though not self-defense, it was a case of defending a young girl from a rapist and thus the amount of force was justified, at least in her view.
Fortunately for the father, the grand jury assigned to look at the case and decide if charges should be pressed agreed with Ms. McMinn’s point of view as well, deciding that he should not be charged for the attempted rapist’s death.
YikesToday also cites two residents of the area as agreeing with the grand jury’s decision, reporting:
Local residents from the nearby town praised the ruling: “I think it’s great, they should have given him a medal for what he did, defending his daughter,” Leroy Wagner, 79, told the San Antonio Express-News. “Who wouldn’t have done that?” Wagner added.
Victor Casper, 65, a retired county worker, said, “If it was my kids, I would have done the same thing. I would have defended them, too.”
Was justice served? I sure think so. Do you? Comment below to let us know!